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    My most played Xmas Lp this year was the amazing Three Suns "ding dong dandy xmas" with thanks to Jonny T. and his 50p downloads.

    What other LPs do I need in the Three Suns catalogue?

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    Their catalogue is deep but the best stuff of theirs that I have found was produced between 1959 (date of Ding Dong Dandy Xmas) and 1962. Their top three (imho) are:

    Movin' and Groovin'
    Fever and Smoke
    On a Magic Carpet Ride

    I don't know if it is still the case but a decade ago 'still sealed' originals of all those were still relatively cheap and easy to find. The thick, glossy original cardboard sleeve of Movin' and Groovin' is a joy to behold.
    <<Soul Strut 100>>Collectable CDs 1 Forumusic: April 2014 Collectable CDs 2<<'95 WOF>>

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    • #3
      "The sound your eyes can follow"!!!
      Everyone tear down your own little wall
      That keeps you from being a part of it all
      Because you've got to be one with the one and all
      You've just got to be close to it all

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      • #4
        I agree with Ian. Those three are an excellent place to start. Also the 7 inch of 'Ne touchez pas au Grisbi' is a personal favourite. USA ebay is a good place to pick up cheap 3 Suns LPs, 10 inch records too.

        Originally posted by Ian Townsend View Post
        Their catalogue is deep but the best stuff of theirs that I have found was produced between 1959 (date of Ding Dong Dandy Xmas) and 1962. Their top three (imho) are:

        Movin' and Groovin'
        Fever and Smoke
        On a Magic Carpet Ride
        "White paper inner sleeve is pristine ..."

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        • #5
          Three Suns in Japan is pretty great.
          https://oneboxrecordfair.wordpress.com/
          http://twitter.com/#!/obrftokyo
          https://instagram.com/obrftokyo/
          https://www.facebook.com/Its-Time-Fo...5685810999497/

          Formerly, lecturer at the University of Rome, with two commas and a full stop in the normal way.

          (=^ェ^=)

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          • #6
            Thanks for all the tips so far - especially the version of "grisbi" - one of my favourite French films:

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            • #7
              Movin' and groovin' - landed today - cheap record, expensive US postage

              side 1 played so far - possibly the strangest version of "autumn leaves" I've every heard.

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              • #8
                Money very well spent. Because of your comment, I decided to listen to it again tonight.

                Always lightens my mood. I don't know what it is about the 3 Suns I love so much. I had probably not better find out.

                The Three Suns must have been very popular in Japan. It's not that hard to find them here.

                I have a nice Xmas 10 inch that was covered in soot when I bought it. Cleaned up OK. Forgot to listen to it this Xmas. Doh!

                http://www.discogs.com/Three-Suns-Th...elease/6650974

                Originally posted by SirSlim View Post
                Movin' and groovin' - landed today - cheap record, expensive US postage
                side 1 played so far - possibly the strangest version of "autumn leaves" I've every heard.
                "White paper inner sleeve is pristine ..."

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                • #9
                  Oh and by the way, you need this too:

                  https://archive.org/details/KlausWun...gRedHorsePolka

                  What was the Klaus Wunderlich connection? I have no idea.
                  "White paper inner sleeve is pristine ..."

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Ian Townsend View Post
                    Their catalogue is deep but the best stuff of theirs that I have found was produced between 1959 (date of Ding Dong Dandy Xmas) and 1962. Their top three (imho) are:

                    Movin' and Groovin'
                    Fever and Smoke
                    On a Magic Carpet Ride

                    I don't know if it is still the case but a decade ago 'still sealed' originals of all those were still relatively cheap and easy to find. The thick, glossy original cardboard sleeve of Movin' and Groovin' is a joy to behold.
                    I scored a copy of "fever and smoke" recently - another excellent example of the three Suns oeuvre, am particularly enjoying their very odd take on "chanson d'amour" and this one too:

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by SirSlim View Post
                      My most played Xmas Lp this year was the amazing Three Suns "ding dong dandy xmas" with thanks to Jonny T. and his 50p downloads.

                      What other LPs do I need in the Three Suns catalogue?
                      I forgot to say in my earlier response....I think Herman Apple's Xmas LP 'Stereo Percussion de Noel' is a cool companion to Ding Dong Dandy Xmas. It's a bugger to find (or used to be) but well worth it if you enjoy 3 Suns style festive muckin' about.

                      But don't take my word for it. Have a listen to the whole LP here...

                      https://m.mixcloud.com/FaLaLaLaLa/he...el-falalalala/
                      <<Soul Strut 100>>Collectable CDs 1 Forumusic: April 2014 Collectable CDs 2<<'95 WOF>>

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Ian Townsend View Post
                        I forgot to say in my earlier response....I think Herman Apple's Xmas LP 'Stereo Percussion de Noel' is a cool companion to Ding Dong Dandy Xmas. It's a bugger to find (or used to be) but well worth it if you enjoy 3 Suns style festive muckin' about.

                        But don't take my word for it. Have a listen to the whole LP here...

                        https://m.mixcloud.com/FaLaLaLaLa/he...el-falalalala/
                        Not heard of Herman Apple! Great name though It seems it's still a bugger to find...

                        https://www.discogs.com/Herman-Apple...elease/8091468

                        Thanks for the tip, will take a listen at the seasonally correct time

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                        • #13
                          Latest arrival in my Three Suns journey "on a magic carpet" turned up recently - plenty to enjoy on there, including a top version of "canadian sunset" which in turn reminded me to dig out a long time not played vocal version by Etta Jones featuring the marvellous Lem Winchester on vibes...

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Ian Townsend View Post
                            I forgot to say in my earlier response....I think Herman Apple's Xmas LP 'Stereo Percussion de Noel' is a cool companion to Ding Dong Dandy Xmas. It's a bugger to find (or used to be) but well worth it if you enjoy 3 Suns style festive muckin' about.

                            But don't take my word for it. Have a listen to the whole LP here...

                            https://m.mixcloud.com/FaLaLaLaLa/he...el-falalalala/
                            Had a listen yesterday Ian, very entertaining. And a great cover too.

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                            • #15
                              If you dig The Three Suns, it's definitely worth checking out Al Nevins' solo record "Bon Voyage" which is a groovy round-the-world affair - seems to be off the radar but I don't know why, check this out:

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